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Sri Lanka to begin large-scale vaccination of working-age population in March

08.02.2021 95 просмотров

Coronavirus vaccination for people aged 30-60 in Sri Lanka will begin in March.


The Sri Lankan government has announced the start of mass vaccination against coronavirus for people aged 30 to 60 in March this year. To this end, it is planned to create 4,000 vaccination centers, Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Health of the country, said on Monday.

years will begin in March of this year, - the Sri Lankan portal Adaderan quotes her. - To implement this task, it is planned to create 4 thousand vaccination centers. Each of them is designed to receive up to 300 people.”

Previously, the government of Sri Lanka announced that vaccination would be free of charge. Since January 29, the vaccine has been received by healthcare workers and volunteers who are on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic in Sri Lanka. People aged 30-60 years make up the majority of the Sri Lankan population, there are about 10% of older citizens.

In turn, the President of the country Gothabaya Rajapaksa made an inquiry to the Russian Federation regarding the possible supply of Russian vaccine from the Sputnik V coronavirus. In response, Russia, as the Adaderan portal reported on February 5, offered Sri Lanka to organize local production of the drug in the country. There is no word yet on whether the parties have come to any specific agreement.

Sri Lanka plans to buy 2 million doses of the vaccine from the American company Pfizer and its German partner, according to Sri Lankan authorities. BioNTech ("Biontek"). On February 3, an order was placed for 18 million doses of the Covishield vaccine, developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca) and the University of Oxford.

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